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Hitting the cool ocean

A boy jumps off a rocky point between Kihei’s Kamaole II and Kamaole III beach parks Tuesday afternoon as the summer vacation draws to a close. It’s been humid these past several days with levels ranging from 94 percent to 88 percent between 2 and 7 a.m. Friday. The high temperature for ...

No smoking signs going up across UH-MC campus

The University of Hawaii Maui College is planning to put up signs Monday announcing that the Kahului campus and educational centers countywide are tobacco- and smoke-free following the signing of a measure earlier this month by Gov. David Ige banning smoking on all UH campuses ...

Medicare cards without SSN are coming

New Medicare cards are being issued that don’t include a beneficiary’s Social Security number in an effort to prevent identity theft, according to insurer Humana. The new ID numbers will be an individually generated combination of letters and numbers, said Yulia Parra, Pacific region ...

Man in standoff held in car theft

A Wailuku man who surrendered to end a standoff at a Wailuku housing complex Wednesday has been charged with two counts of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle and one count of resisting an order to stop a motor vehicle, police said. Bail was set at $15,000 for Keoni Kuhaulua, ...

Meeting Tuesday for vets on Molokai

A town hall meeting for veterans, their families and their survivors as well as organizations and individuals who work with veterans is set for 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Molokai Veterans Caring For Veterans Center. The meeting called by the Veterans Affairs Pacific Island Health Care System ...

Bring water to Haleakala Kipahulu

Visitors to the Kipahulu District of Haleakala National Park will need to bring their own drinking water starting Monday while the park repairs a main waterline. A leak was discovered during routine inspections, said park spokesman Charles Lassiter. In addition to no drinking water, restrooms ...

Summit building to close Tuesday

The Haleakala National Park summit observation building at Red Hill, or Pu‘u‘ula‘ula, will be closed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday for maintenance, the park service said. The building at Haleakala’s tallest point at 10,023 feet will be open for both sunrise and sunset that day.

Pick up special education records

Special education students who graduated with a diploma or turned 22 during the 2014-15 school year or earlier may want to obtain copies of their records because the state Department of Education is not required to keep them. Arrangements for pickup may be made by calling 873-3520 on Maui ...

Free poi-pounding event planned today

A free kui, or poi-pounding event, will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the Maui Nui Botanical Garden in Wailuku. The kalo; papa kui, or boards; and pohaku kui ai, or stones, will be provided, though attendees are free to bring their own kui implements as well. The event is sponsored ...

OHA offers need-based scholarships to UH campuses

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs will be offering $1 million for need-based scholarships for Native Hawaiians attending University of Hawaii campuses for the next two years. The Ho‘ona‘auao Higher Education Scholarship program aligns with UH’s and OHA’s commitments to better serve ...

Housing, transportation and coastal erosion top topics at candidate forum

LAHAINA — Candidates for the open West Maui County Council residency seat said they wanted to see a better public transportation system for West Maui, more efforts on the part of hotels to provide housing and transportation for workers and solutions to coastal erosion that didn’t involve ...

Man sentenced to over 17 years in prison for burglaries

WAILUKU — Saying a defendant had the potential for violence and was a danger to the public, a judge Thursday ordered consecutive prison terms totaling 17¢ years for a man convicted of twice burglarizing his former girlfriend’s home. Rafael Arroyo, 47, of Kula was found guilty of ...

His name fits the church

Keolahou Congregational Hawaiian Church grounds and maintenance man Mike Dela Cruz trims the grass last week in front of the historic building on South Kihei Road. Dela Cruz, whose name means “of the cross” in Spanish, said the church founded in 1920 is in good shape for being nearly 100 ...

Man at center of Wailuku standoff charged with vehicle theft

The Maui News A fugitive who surrendered to end a standoff Wednesday at an affordable rental complex in Wailuku was charged with operating a stolen vehicle that was found in the area. Bail was set at $1,000 for Keoni Kuhaulua, 38, who gave no local address, on the charge of unauthorized ...

Welakahao Road work set Monday

The state Department of Transportation begins work Monday to halt left turns from East Welakahao Road onto Piilani Highway, which will require the left lanes on Piilani Highway in both directions near the intersection to be closed for the project. Left turns from Welakahao Road onto Piilani ...

NOAA looking into monk seal deaths

Three monk seal deaths since May on Molokai believed to be from human-inflicted trauma are being investigated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Two of the deaths occurred in June, said NOAA spokeswoman Jolene Lau on Thursday. An unidentified juvenile male seal was found ...

Hanakaoo water advisory lifted

A state Department of Health Water Quality Alert Notification for Hanakaoo, issued Tuesday, has been lifted, the Clean Water Branch said Thursday. Routine water testing had levels of enterococci bacteria in the waters off Hanakaoo in West Maui exceeding safe levels. The advisory said the ...

Panel IDs tardy and nonfilers of reports

The Hawaii State Ethics Commission has released the names of candidates for elected office who either haven’t filed or have filed late financial disclosure forms. Nonfilers included Democrat Gayla Haliniak, a candidate for the 7th District Senate seat, which includes East Maui, Upcountry, ...

Ulta Beauty’s grand opening is today

Ulta Beauty will hold its grand opening at 9:30 a.m. today at its location in Alexander & Baldwin’s Pu‘unene Shopping Center. The store will open at 10 a.m. The store will feature cosmetics, fragrances, skin care products, hair care products and salon services. From today to Sunday, ...

Work to close ‘tricky’ left-hand turn in Kihei to begin Monday

Work is scheduled to begin Monday to close the left-hand turn from Welakahao Road onto Piilani Highway in Kihei, following a double fatality last week. That happened Friday afternoon when the driver of a van failed to yield while making the left-hand turn onto the highway and collided with a ...